Just like the rest of his colleagues around the NFL, adjusting to a 17-game schedule will be a learning curve for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
In an interview with Yahoo Finance, the 25-year-old opened about the league’s decision to tack on one more contest to an already grueling season.
“I mean obviously it’ll be different and it’ll be something that we’ll have to adjust to,” he admitted. “But it’s something that we had talked about in the collective bargaining agreement. Whatever your beliefs are you got to go out there and adjust, and do whatever you can to be the best football player you can be every single day. I’ll be trying to figure out ways to take care of my body more and more, so you can adjust your body for a 17 game regular season.”
In order to make space for an extra regular season game, the NFL decided to nix a preseason match, cutting it down from four games to three.
Per Albert Beer, the 17th game will be an inter-conference matchup pitting opponents like-standing in their respective division against each other. Because Kansas City took the AFC West in the 2020 season, they’ll square off with another division champion, in their case the NFC North. Consequently, the Chiefs will play the Green Bay Packers.
Re: 17-game slate, the inter-conference rotation for ’21 …
Full crossover: NFC East/AFC West, NFC North/AFC North, NFC South/AFC East, NFC West, AFC South.
1-game crossover (1 v. 1, 2 v. 2, etc.): NFC East/AFC East, NFC North/AFC West, NFC South/AFC South, NFC West/AFC North.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 28, 2020
It’ll certainly take a toll on his body, but Mahomes is ready for the challenge. Especially if that means another Super Bowl appearance is at the end of the struggle.
“You’ll have to change your day-to-day work, work ethic, work involvement and how much you’re going to put on your body every single day because you want to be in that Super Bowl again and you want to be playing for a championship and you want to make sure your body can take the workload of that and adding in another game is adding more to your body. So you have to make sure that you’re prepared,” Mahomes explained.
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